Me and some friends are planning a trip to the US during January-February 2013. And hope to see as much as possible; historical places, museums, sightseeing, both cities and the country side, places to eat local food, etc.
We plan to arrive to NYC stay there a while and rent a car to travel around.
We'll be staying in NYC from January 14th up to the 25th (more or less) and then plan to travel around New England to arrive at Quebec for their winter festival (February 1st to 17th), then visit Toronto and Niagara Falls and finally return to NYC.
Any must-see in the road? we plan to visit Boston on the way to Canada and sleep on hostels or motels on the road, but we don't know what else is there to see around, especially given the fact that we'll be travelling during winter.
Our schedule is pretty flexible so we can stop frequently in different places. I've researched on the web some of the cities in between the NYC-Boston and Boston-Montreal routes, but I want to hear your opinion on places that are worth stopping for as well as places that are worth deviating from said roads to get to know.
As we are travelling on a budget, I would like to hear your recommendations on sleeping arrangements, as we would like to avoid hotels as much as possible. Any recommendations on inexpensive hostels or motels on the road would be greatly appreciated.